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03/16/2021 DRC (International Christian Concern) – At least 12 villagers were killed in eastern DRC during an overnight raid on Monday, by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) fighters.

“There are 12 bodies lying on the ground,” Mambo Kitambal, head of a civil society group in the attacked village of Bulongo, told Reuters, “We fear that this toll could increase especially since the enemy operated for several hours. The victims were executed with pickaxes and machetes”. 

The Islamist terrorist group ADF, an affiliate of ISIS, has the primary aim of creating an Islamic Caliphate in Central Africa. In order to achieve this, they often assault, kidnap and kill Christians. While a large majority (85-90%) of DRC’s population is Christian, violence rooted in Islamic extremism continues to worsen, putting the country at number 40 on the 2021 Open Doors World Watch List for Christian persecution. “These predominantly Christian communities are attacked by an Islamic extremist group with a clear Islamic expansionist agenda,” Open Doors spokesperson Illia Djadi stated in reference to ADF.

Please continue to pray for the healing of those traumatized by violence in the DRC, and for the Lord to comfort those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Please also pray for the Lord to strengthen government protection over its people and bring peace to the nation, and for the love of Jesus to redeem the souls of those who persecute the church.

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